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  • Location Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date/Time Monday, November 16, 2020
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM PT

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From the continued acceleration of our rapidly evolving information age arises a perplexing dilemma – the technology that connects us also drives us volitally apart from both each other and our own complete experience of self. Our attention now serves as a nearly inescapable bidding ground for big businesses and strong political motives. How can we regain our sense of agency over our minds, our bodies, and our social humanity?
Join The Center for Humane Technology co-founders Tristan Harris and Randy Fernando in conversation with InsightLA’s Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield as we unpack the consequences of our growing dependence on social media. In this special virtual event, we’ll grapple with the asymmetry of power highlighted by Tristan and Randy in the industry-shaking docudrama The Social Dilemma to identify solutions for a more balanced life and world.
**This event is a conversation between Trudy, Jack, Tristan & Randy. There will not be a screening of The Social Dilemma documentary. 

Discussion topics include:

  • How can we understand and heal some of the extreme political division that exists across the US and other countries?
  • How do we grapple with the asymmetry of power between exponentially advancing technology and our human physiology?
  • Dependent Co-Arising – how is technology effecting us at the individual level and how is social media shaping our communities and our ability to solve the challenges in front of us?
  • What’s the solution and what changes do we need to make?


The Social Dilemma is a film featuring the voices of technologists, researchers and activists working to align technology with the interests of humanity.

We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.


Center for Humane Technology is dedicated to creating the conditions for radically reimagined 21st century digital infrastructure. The Center for Human Technology is:

    • Values-centric and designed with awareness that technology is never neutral, and is inevitably shaped by its surrounding socioeconomic environment
    • Sensitive to human nature and doesn’t exploit our innate physiological vulnerabilities
    • Narrows the gap between the powerful and the marginalized instead of increasing that gap
    • Reduces greed and hatred instead of perpetuating them
    • Helps to build shared truth instead of dividing us with fragmenting realities
    • Accounts for and minimizes the externalities that it generates in the world

To learn more and join the movement click here.


This event will be recorded and emailed to everyone who registers. The recording will also be available to view on the InsightLA YouTube channel and also will be shared on Facebook shortly after the event ends. 

Suggested Donation: $35

Trudy Goodman, PhD Founding Teacher

Trudy Goodman, PhD, is the Founding Teacher of InsightLA, the first center to combine training in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and in non-sectarian mindfulness and compassion practices, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). The fourth teacher ever of MBSR, Trudy taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and studied Buddhist meditation for 40... Read more

Tristan Harris Visiting Speakers

Called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. He is now co-founder & president of the Center for Humane Technology,... Read more

Randima (Randy) Fernando

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Humane Technology, Randy combines expertise in tech, social impact, and mindfulness. He led many award-winning projects and authored 3 books on 3D graphics over 7 years at NVIDIA. He then served as Executive Director of Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that has taught mindfulness to millions of kids and over... Read more

Jack Kornfield, PhD Dharma Council, Visiting Teacher

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps and worked on... Read more

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